‘Time critical’ for delivery of Bute wind turbine scheme

Bute Community Power has successfully appealed against refusal of planning permission for two 47-metre wind turbines at the island's Auchintirrie farm.
Bute Community Power has successfully appealed against refusal of planning permission for two 47-metre wind turbines at the island's Auchintirrie farm.

The chairman of Bute Community Power says time is of the essence for the organisation to deliver on its wind turbine project on the island.

Jim Osborne spoke to The Buteman after the company’s successful appeal against the refusal of planning permission for two 47-metre turbines at Auchintirrie farm.

New onshore wind farms will be excluded from a subsidy scheme called the Renewables Obligation from April 1 under UK government instructions, though projects which already have planning permission - now including BCP’s Auchintirrie scheme - will be given a grace period.

Reacting to the decision to overturn Argyll and Bute Council’s refusal of permission for the Bute project, Mr Osborne said: “The directors and members of Bute Community Power are delighted that our appeal against the decision to refuse planning permission for two wind turbines at Auchintirrie farm has been upheld.

“Time is now critical for us to deliver the project but the team will now be working hard to ensure that we do all that needs to be done to bring the project to a successful conclusion, and to deliver on our commitment to generate income which will be used for the benefit of the community of Bute.”

The two Auchintirrie turbines will have a generating capacity of 250 kilowatts.

BCP’s legal status is that of a ‘community benefit society’, meaning any profits made by the company have to be used for the benefit of the wider community.

BCP has a target of generating £1 million over the next 20 years to community benefit on Bute.